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Juice It Up!
Juicing is a relatively new health trend gaining popularity throughout the U.S. But why? Haven’t we always drank juice?
Turns out, the difference between the apple juice you find in the grocery store and the juice that comes from a juicer is great. Juicing your own fruits and vegetables allows you to closely monitor what goes into your drink, giving you more control over what you put into your body. Many juicers forgo adding sugar and enjoy the fact that they are not gulping down artificial sweeteners or dyes.
Fresh, wholesome ingredients are the basis of the amazing health benefits that come with juicing. Using ingredients such as kale, spinach, carrots, apples, beets, and other fruits and vegetables ensures that important antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients are quickly and easily absorbed during digestion. In fact, many people use juicing as a method of detoxification, which can aid in weight loss, boost the immune system and increase energy levels.
The only downside to juicing is that paying for all the ingredients can really add up (2 bunches of spinach only makes half a cup of juice). For this reason, growing your own juice ingredients can save you money in the long run. Moreover, you can avoid harmful pesticides and fertilizers, making your juice as fresh and organic as possible.
We have gathered a list of popular fruits and veggies that will taste great in your juice or smoothie or will otherwise taste great in a salad or in your favorite recipes. Use it or juice it!
Popular Juicing Ingredients
Leafy greens- juices made with leafy greens are high in chlorophyll which acts as a natural detoxification agent in the body. Even better, they are packed with antioxidants and fiber, and are rich in vitamins and nutrients that will get your body feeling good and looking good too.
Other vegetables- the following veggies are amongst the most popular in terms of flavor and availability. They are also firm vegetables, which means they will not clog your juicer. Of course, this is where you can be creative and experiment with different ingredients based on personal preferences and what grows well in your region.
Herbs- For ages herbs have been regarded for their healing or medicinal properties. Not only do they have amazing cleansing, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, they add exciting flavors to juices and smoothies.
Fruits- growing fruit trees, berry bushes and other fruit-bearing plants may not seem important at the time, but when in a few years when they finally start bearing fruit it will all be worth it. Plant what works best in your climate and be patient! Apples are favored among juicers for their firm structure and great tasting juice. However, if patience isn’t your thing, plant melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe in the meantime. These fresh, juicy fruits will add natural sweetness to your juice or smoothies and will be super refreshing on a hot summer day.